Name of Project:    NEȾOLṈEW̱ : NILLA

Name of Researcher/Research Team Members/Community Partners:

– part of this research partnership consists of:

Lead Investigator: Dr. Onowa McIvor (University of Victoria), with numerous Co-investigators and Community Partners (see:

Collaborator: Dr. Arok Wolvengrey (FNUniv)

Funding institution/Grant (if applicable): SSHRCC: $2,500,000.00 (funded for 2017-2023)

Summary or Abstract of the Project:

For the initial stage of this multi-faceted project, NILLA, we are documenting significant sites of language work across Canada, with a focus on the creation of new speakers. Information gathered will allow participating Indigenous communities to learn from each other and combine efforts across Indigenous language revitalization and maintenance projects in Canada. (

NEȾOLṈEW̱, the name of our partnership, translates as “one mind, one people” or “doing things as one” in the SENĆOŦEN language.
NEȾOLṈEW̱ builds on existing strong Indigenous Partner connections and networks of those working at the core of Indigenous language revitalization. Together, we aim to achieve realistic language revitalization outcomes in serving as a national network of Indigenous adult language learning resources, programs, and initiatives. Through our shared endeavours, we are working to build capacity among Indigenous people and maximize the resources available to maintain, revitalize, and strengthen efforts of nation‐wide reconciliation and revitalization of the Indigenous languages of Canada.

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l to r: Arok Wolvengrey (FNUniv), Nathan Brinklow (Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na), Callie Hill (Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na), Onowa McIvor (University of Victoria), Adam Stone (Carleton University), Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins (University of Victoria).  Co-authors of the paper, “Engaging, Connecting, and Mobilizing Indigenous Language Learning Leaders, Supporters, and Researchers through an Online Sharing Space ~ NILLA (NEȾOLṈEW̱ Indigenous Language Learning Atlas)”, presented at the 6th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, March 3, 2019.
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